Qatar’s 2018 budget deficit is expected to be QR28.1bn in 2018, down by 1.1% from 2017, assuming the 2017 conservative oil price of $45/barrel. The revenue is anticipated to reach QR175.1bn, up by 2.9%, compared with 2017. The increase is attributable to an expected rise in non-oil revenue. Expenditure is set at QR203.2bn, up by 2.4% compared to 2017. This increase is attributed to the launch of a number of new schools and educational facilities, along with new healthcare centers and hospitals, and expansions in other public facilities.

Allocations for the healthcare sector reached QR22.7bn. The education sector witnessed a major expansion, with a total allocation of QR19bn, and the transportation and other infrastructure projects were assigned the largest share, with allocations of QR42bn.


Qatar’s revenue is anticipated to reach QR175.1 billion, up by 2.9%, compared with 2017. The increase is attributable to an expected rise in non-oil revenue. Oil & Gas is anticipated to contribute to 76% of the total public revenue, while the non-hydrocarbon sector is expected to contribute with 24%.


Qatar’s total public expenditure is set at QR203.2bn for 2018, up by 2.4% compared to 2017. This increase is attributed to the launch of a number of new schools and educational facilities, along with new healthcare centers and hospitals, and expansions in other public facilities.

Expenditure on major projects is expected to total QR93bn, representing 45.8% - the largest share. Current Expenditure increased by 1.1% to QR53.5bn, while Wages and Salaries increased by 8.8% from 2017, totalling QR52.2bn. Minor Capex increased by 2.3% to QR4.5bn in 2018, representing 2.2% of the total public expenditure.


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